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PUMA CHAMPIONS CUP - April 17th - 19th

Welcome to the 2015 PUMA Champions Cup!

All updates through out the weekend will be posted here and sent to all team contacts through email and text.  If you haven't already please make sure your contact information is current.  

Good Luck to All!!

Field Sites and Maps

Games will be held at two site locations. Fields that start with a 1 are located at SportsCore 1. Fields that start with a 2 are located at SportsCore 2.


Thank you for participating in our tournament!  

We look forward to hosting your teams again at our 2015 Labor Day Cup and the 2016 Puma Cup!  

Good luck with your Spring season!!

Rangers Football Club

Raptors announce partnership with Glasgow Rangers North American Academy

Raptors have signed a partnership agreement with Glasgow Rangers North American Academy. See attached press release.

Raptors Host Rangers Camp

The Raptors will host the Glasgow Rangers North American Academy Elite Player ID Camp on June 27th thru 29th in Rockford. See details.

2015 Raptors College Commitments

Congratulations to the following players who have committed to play college soccer.

Girl's 2015 Graduates 

Taylor Sarver: Northern Illinois University (NCAA Division 1)

Elizabeth Parrilli: Depaul University (NCAA Division 1)

Allyson Hayner: IPFW (NCAA Division 1)

Taylor Howe: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (NCAA Division1)

Mariah Katzenberger: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (NCAA Division1)

Leigha Crowder: Robert Morris University Chicago (NAIA)

Shelby Seiter: Robert Morris University Chicago (NAIA)

Reyna Ortega: Robert Morris University Chicago (NAIA)

Ivanna Chavez: Cardinal Stritch University (NAIA)

Lexi Zambrano: Trinity Christian College (NAIA)

Dani Dahl: Coe College (NCAA III)

Haley Grunewald: Augustana College (NCAA III)

Elizabeth Martinez: Augustana College (NCAA III)

Maria "Suzy" Pelayo: Parkland College Cobras (NJCAA Division 1)

Ana Victorov:  University of Dubuque (NCAA III)

Boy's 2015 Graduates Verbals

Adem Dzananovic: Loyola University Chicago (NCAA Division 1)

Nathan Wisbey: University of Dayton (NCAA Division 1)

Matt Huftalin: University of Wisconsin - Platteville (NCAA Division III)

Diego Garcia: St.Francis University -(NAIA)

Yair Ortega: Benedictine University (NCAA Division III)

Keegan Dolphin: North Park University (NCAA Division III)

Tristan Davenport: Luther College (NCAA Division III)

Top Drawer Soccer Article on Elizabeth Parrilli

Current Rockford Raptors FC U18 Girls Team Member was featured in the Top Drawer Soccer article about DePaul University Signing class of 2015 Click on link below to read the article.

Want to join the Raptors Club?

Are you interested in joining the Rockford Raptors and missed tryouts?  It may not be too late!  Please contact one of our Directors for information.

Frank Mateus - FrankMateus3@gmail.com

Hugh Ward - Shuggy6@comcast.net

Farewell Brett!

Our club Athletic Trainer, Brett Holmertz will be leaving the club.
Brett has accepted a position as a Performance Specialist with Exos in Philadelphia, PA.

It has been a privilege for our club to have had Brett's expertise.  We will miss him very much, but wish him and his family all the best for the future.

Leah Jankowski from Accelerated Rehabilitation will be joining us to fulfill the Athletic Trainer's duties.

Leah will be at Top Performers/Fusion Sports Complex on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6pm-8pm and Wednesdays at ISC from 6pm-8pm.  She will be able to stay later if needed! You can reach her at (414) 238-3326 or email : leah.jankowski@acceleratedrehab.com 

Former Raptors player named to All American First Team. Casey Culver is a Freshman at Ashford University.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released the All-American teams for the 2014 season on Monday (Dec. 8) afternoon.

Sophomore defender Fernando Machado and freshman midfielder Casey Culver became the first players in Ashford program history to be named NAIA First Team All-Americans. The duo was joined among those honored by junior forward Adam Wood, who collected NAIA Second Team All-American honors.

Casey Culver named to the NAIA First Team All-American Team as a Freshman.

Raptors class of 2014 and current Ashford University Player Earns NAIA First Team All-American Team with fellow teammate Sophomore defender Fernando Machado became the first players in Ashford program history to be named NAIA First Team All-Americans

Karley Draheim wins the M-WAC Co-Player and Co-Freshman of the Year

Class of 2014 and Current Heartland Hawks player Creates history for the Heartland Women's soccer team as she becomes the first Hawk to be honored as M-WAC Co-Player and Co-Freshman of the Year

ACL Prevention Video

Click on the link for information on ACL Prevention

Casey Culver Earns Spotlight Saint of the week

Former Raptors Freshman earns Ashford College Spotlight of the week award!

Abe Vinhas - Youth Director

Rockford Raptors FC are please to announce that Abe Vinhas has been appointed Youth Director for the club.
He will assist and monitor coaches of teams age 13 and younger.  He is also responsible for player development in those age groups
He will help to oversee tryouts and will assist in marketing the club.

He joins the clubs other 2 Directors:
Frank Mateus, Technical Director and Hugh Ward, Director of Coaching.



2014 Raptors College Commitments

Congratulations to the following players who have committed to play college soccer.

Boy's 2014 Graduates

Casey Culver: Ashford University (NAIA)

Cody Green: Loras University (NCAA Division 3)

Logan Dahnert: Upper Iowa University (NCAA Division 2)

Peter Hall: Macalester College (NCAA Division 3)

Jake Hamaker: Macalester College (NCAA Division 3)

Edvin Ibrahimovic: Loras University (NCAA Division 3)

Leo Lenth: Dubuque University (NCAA Division 3)

Gabriel Moreno: Dominican University (NCAA Division 3)

Zach Moore: Macalester College) (NCAA Division 3)

Michael Bliss: Macalester College (NCAA Division 3)

Alejandro Mandujano: Rock Valley College (NJCAA)

Omar Rivas: Rock Valley College (NJCAA)

Jesus Galvez: Rock Valley College (NJCAA)

Edwin Munoz: Rock Valley College (NJCAA)


Girl's 2014 Graduates

Adrienne Giglio: Robert Morris University (NAIA)

Karley Draheim: Heartland Community College (NJCAA)

Caitlin (Katie) Druien: Heartland Community College (NJCAA)

Emma Krahmer: Robert Morris University (NAIA)

Haley Wenberg: University of St. Francis (NAIA)

Monica Armendariz: Parkland College (NJCAA)

Fiona Neary: UW Oshkosh (NCAA Division 3)

Haley Swords: Roosevelt University (NAIA)

Sadey Jumapao: Rock Valley College (NJCAA)

Haley Kittle: University of Illinois at Chicago (NCAA Division 1)

Gaby Solis: Marian University (NAIA)

Lauren Campbell: Robert Morris University (NAIA)

Sarah Dobrowolski: Parkside University (NCAA Division 2)

Caila Petri: Upper Iowa University (NCAA Division 2)

Amber Varilek:  Rock Valley College (NJCAA)

Lexi Rios: Rock Valley College (NJCAA)

Congrats to the Raptors Boys players with High School Honors

The following Raptors Boys received High School honors from the Fall 2013 Boys High School Soccer Season


Casey Culver: Harlem 

Leo Lenth: Stillman Valley


Adem Dzananovic: Harlem

Tristan Davenport: Boylan

Alexis Galvez: Boylan

Cody Green: Hononegah

Matt Huftalin: Winnebago

Edvin Ibrahimovic: Harlem

Rhody Johnson: Rockford Christian

Zach Moore: Hononegah

Gabriel Moreno: Boylan

Logan Dahnert: Fort Atkinson

Tlaloc Huerta: Delavan 


Nathan Wisbey: Boylan

Conor Greene: Freeport


Coach, Hononegah: Vee Jevremovic


Casey Culver (MVP): Harlem

Alejandro Mandujano: Jefferson

Leo Lenth: Stillman Valley

Tristan Davenport: Boylan

Adem Dzananovic: Harlem

Alexis Galvez: Boylan

Cody Green: Hononegah

Zach Moore: Hononegah

Gabriel Moreno: Boylan

Hector Rubio: Boylan

Jaime Vera: Boylan

Omar Rivas: North Boone

Rhody Johnson: Rockford Christian

Tlaloc Huerta: Delavan 


Michael Bliss: Madison Memorial

Ryan Blackburn: Auburn

Jake Hamaker: Boylan

Congratulations GU10, BU10 and GU11 PUMA Presidents Day Cup Champions!

Congratulations GU10 Raptors Kohl's Turkey Classic Champions!

Congratulations SuperClubs GU18 Champions. BU12, B13 and B14 Finalists and G16/17 Select Eclipse Oktoberfest Shootout Finalists

Congratulations GU11 Raptors 1st Place Octoberfest 2013 Champions

Congratulations BU11 Raptors 1st Place Champions in 56ers Madison WI Tournament!

Congratulations BU11 Raptors 1st Place Champions in 56ers Madison WI Tournament!

2013 Labor Day Puma Cup Invitational

Congratulations to all the participating teams!  We hope you had a great time and we wish you the best this season!

Hope to see you again April 2014 for our PUMA Champions Cup and PUMA College Showcase series.


Congrats to everyone who participated in the PUMA Labor Day Cup!

U10 Raptors Boys 2nd Place
U12 Raptors Boys 2nd Place
U13 Raptors Boys Semi-Finals

U11 Raptor Girls 2nd Place
U12 Raptor Girls Champions of the U12/13 Gold Flight
U13 Raptor Girls 2nd Place of the U14 Gold Flight
U14 Raptors Girls 2nd Place of the U15 Super Group Flight
U16/17 Raptors Girls 2nd Place of the U18 Gold Flight
U17 Raptors Girls Semi-Finals of the U17/18 Super Group Flight
U18 Raptors Girls 2nd Place of the U17/18 Super Group Flight


Please click the above link for Labor Day results

U13 Boys and U13 Girls Qualify for Midwest Regional League (MRL) Six Raptors Teams will be competing in MRL This Fall

Congrats to the Rockford Raptors U13 Boys and U13 Girls for qualiing for the Midwest Regional League (MRL) this past weekend.  The two teams played in the Illinois Youth Soccer MRL Qualifier tournament this past weekend to secure entry into the MRL.  The Rockford Raptors will have a total of six teams competing in the MRL this fall season.

The U13 Boys will be playing in the U13 Boys First Division Blue where they will be competing against: Libertyville 1974 (IL), Team Chicago Academy (IL), Fishers SC (IN), Canton Celtic Black (MI), TNT Dynamite (MI), Pacesetters (OHN) and Appleton SC Vipers (WI).

The U13 Girls will be playing in the U13 Girls First Division Blue Division where they will be competing against: NSA Premier Thunder (IL), LaForza Blue (MI), RSC Lightning White (MI), AC Milan Waza East (MI), WI Rush (WI), ASC Explosion Blue (WI) and SFCW (WI)

The U14 Raptors Boys will also be playing in the MRL this fall as they will be competing in the U14 Boys First Division Red where they will be competing against: Menace Academy (IA), Iowa Rush (IA), KC United Santa Fe (KS), SLSG Premier (MO), CFJ West Red (IL), Galaxy Blue (IL), Southwest SC (IL) and Eclipse Select East Black (IL)

The U14 Raptors Girls will be playing in the U14 Girls First Division Red where they will play against: KC Blaze Blue Angels (KS), JB Marine Elite (MO), Gretna Prima 99/00 (NE), Bavarian Blue (WI), MKSC (WI), Madison 56ers (WI), Chicago Inter Homer Glen (IL), LTSC Showcase (IL) and FC Barrington (IL)

The U17 Raptors Girls wil also be playing in the U17 Girls First Division Blue where they will be competing against: Michigan Fire 97 Red (MI), GRCI 97 Premier Kentwood (MI), MI Alliance (MI), Shattuck's St.Mary's (MN), Rush WI (WI), Depere Select (WI), Ela Elite (IL), and Libertyville FC 1974 (IL)

The U18 Raptors Girls will be playing in the U18 Girls First Division Red where they will face off againt: JUSC/WDMS Premier 1 (IA), KS Rush Strikers 95/96 (KS), KC Select Heat (MO), SLSG Premier Royale (MO), Gretna Prima 95/96 Green (NE), and Elite SC Premier Black (IL)

Good Luck to all of the Raptors team in the MRL this upcoming season

U-18 Boy's advance to the Midwest Development League Playoffs.

The Raptors U-18 Boy's finished in 1st place in the Great Lakes South Division of the Midwest Development League (National Premier League). They finished with a record of 8 wins, 0 losses and 1 tie.

They will now play in the MDL Playoffs June 29th, 30th and July 1st in Waukegan, IL. They face Springfield, MO. in the quarter finals.

If the team wins all 3 games they will adavnce to the National Premier League Champions Cup in Aurora, CO. on July 18th thru 21st.

Congratulations Girls U19 State Cup semi finalists!

Congrats to the Raptors U19 Girls State Cup Semi Finalist! What a great game and fight our girls gave last night. After a full match, 2 overtimes, they went into PK's. After the first round of PK's they still remained tied. Only after 4 more rounds of sudden death PK's, did we finally fall short to NSA. NSA will now head to Regionals and we wish them our best.

Congrats to Everyone who participated in the FC Milwaukee Winter Invite

Boys U10 - Champions
Girls U10 - Champions
Boys U14 - Champions
Boys U16 Select- Champions

Girls U11 - FInalist
Girls U13 - Finalist
Boys U13 - Finalist
Boys U16 MDL - Finalist

Boys U11 - Semi- Finalist

Raptors U-18's compete at Las Vegas Mayor's Cup.

The Raptors U-18 Boy's competed at the Las Vegas Mayor's Cup over President's Day weekend. 

They played 4 matches over the weekend. They lost 2-0 to Flathead Montana United (MT), lost 2-1 to Cal Arsenal (CA). They then went undefeated in the final day, beating Colorado International (CO), 1-0 and Las Vegas Neon (NV) 2-0.

See team page for action photos.

Congrats Whitefish Bay Champions!!

Congrats to the Whitefish Bay Champions!!! The U10 boys, U11 girls, U12 girls, and the U13 boys all took 1st Place in their divisions. The U13 girls took 2nd! Goooo RAPTORS!!!


Adidas Shattuck's St. Mary's College Showcase

Great job U16 and U18's at the Adidas Shattuck's St. Mary's College Showcase in Minnesota! The U18's beat Minnesota Thunder Academy 2-1, Madison 56ers 3-1 and lost to the host Shattuck's St. Mary's 1-3. There were over 30 college coaches present and several girls had a very good showing!!!

Labor Day Cup Champions!

Congratulations Labor Day Cup Champions: U10, U11 and U12 Raptor Girls and the U10 Junior Raptor Girls Orange Fire!!!! Congratulations to the Labor Day Cup Finalists: U14 Raptor Boys, and the U13 and U18 Raptor Girls!!!!

TCSA Champions!

 The U11 Raptor Girls and the U14 Raptor Boyss are the TCSA Classic Cup CHAMPIONS!!!!

The U10 Girls and the U13 Raptor Boys are the Second Place Finalists!!!

Congrats Raptors - great job this last weekend!!!!

BTSC Champions!

 The U18, U13, U12 Raptor Girls are the Back To School Classic CHAMPIONS!!!!

The U11 Girls are the Second Place Finalists!!!
Congrats Ladies - great job this weekend!!!!

Raptors FC Offers Three Levels of Programs - Which is Best for Your Child?

Please see below for the Raptors FC outline of programs available for yor child.  Contact us with any questions you may have.

Thank you, Raptors FC Staff

Raptors FC Club Physician

 Dr. Milos practices orthopaedic surgery at Swedish American Hospital.  He specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery.  He completed his medical school and residency program at Northwestern University in Chicago.  He then went on and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Baylor University in Houston.


Dr. Milos has been involved in soccer since his youth.  He played soccer through college and officiated at the collegiate level.  He was also the team physician for the Rockford Rampage during their tenure in Rockford.


He looks forward to working with the players, coaches, and staff.  Dr. Milos can be reached at:

Lundholm Surgical Group, LTD.
at Swedish American
1340 Charles Street
Rockford, IL 61104


Former Raptor to MLS


Greg Klazura signs for Whitecaps

Former Rockford Raptor Greg Klazura signs for the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer.


 Congratulations to the following Raptors players who were honored at the end of their high school seasson.

All American

Ryan Howe

 All State

Tyler Robinson and Victor Zamora

All Sectional

Esteban Fernandez, Casey Culver, Mike Gordon, Leo Lenth, Mesfin Lenth, Jonny Mueller, Kyler Olson, Jonny Perez, Judson Stern.

All Sectional Honorable Mention

Parker Nyquist, Adam Pearson. 

Two Raptors named on ESPN All State List

 Victor Zamora and Ryan Howe (U-18 Raptors) are both listed on the ESPN All State List.

ESPNHS has unveiled its Illinois All-State soccer team. Crystal Lake South's Charlie Oliver and Boylan's Victor Zamora are two of the most accomplished players on the list, which can be found below. 

Illinois All-State Soccer 

Starting 11 
[F] Joey Calistri, Deerfield, Senior, Chicago Fire Academy 
Tallied 28 goals and 12 assists last season 
[F] Charlie Oliver, Crystal Lake South, Senior, Chicago Fire Academy 
Scored 28 goals and added 11 assists as a junior 
[F] Joel Salmeron, Morton, Senior, Chicago Fire Academy 
Will miss much of the season with knee injury; 26 goals in ‘10 
[F] Evan Trychta, Naperville North, Senior, Roadrunners SC 
Postseason hero finished with 19 goals last year 
[F] Victor Zamora, Rockford Boylan, Senior, Rockford Raptors 
Led Boylan to state title with 26 goals 
[MF] Elliot Borge, Lyons, Senior, Chicago Fire Academy 
Northwestern recruit tallied 14 goals, 13 assists last season 
[MF] Marshall Hollingsworth, Libertyville, Senior, Chicago Fire Academy 
Offensive contributor notched six goals, five assists in 2010 
[MF] Ryan Howe, Rockford Boylan, Senior, Rockford Raptors 
Two-way player keyed state-title run 
[MF] Mick Maley, Marmion Academy, Senior, Sockers FC 
Posted 17 goals, 11 assists last season 
[D] John Pothast, Lake Zurich, Senior, Sockers FC 
Rugged defender is committed to Marquette 
[GK] Daniel Brennan, Edwardsville, Senior, Scott Gallagher Metro 
Recorded 12 shutouts last year with 0.67 GAA 

Proud to be Raptors FC



More than 200 former Raptor/Dactyl Players have gone on to play at the College level.


3 former players now play in the MLS


Currently More ODP Players than any other local Club

More National Team players come from Raptors FC than any other local Club

Currently Raptors have 3 players called up on the USA National Team and the only national pool player from Illinois at the u14 age group

TopDrawerSoccer.com has listed 2 Raptors FC players on the Top 100 players in the Country

Only Player from Rockford named to ESPN’s Rize All Chicago Team

Only local Club to have players selected to All-Midwest Regional Team

Entire Coaching staff is certified and licensed while more Raptors Coaches hold advanced diploma‘s and more Licensed "A" coaches than any other local club.

Average tenure for a Raptors Coach is more than 6 years with the Club and many have been with the Club since the inception.

National Champions (2 times)

National Runner-up 2004 and 2005

Regional Champions (5 Times)

The History

Establishedin 1994 as one professional team in the former USISL (now called USL, a second divisionleague below MLS) with the help of Dr. Wedgbury and established Youth system shortly thereafter. Doing so with the sole purpose of creating quality soccer training opportunity for Rockford’s youth. Later was the backing for establishing ISC and Sportscore Two as The premier Soccer Facility in the Country.

Annually provides more than $70,000 in scholarships and financial aid for players.

Annually provides recreational leagues for more than 2,000 kids

ONLY Local Club that have participated in MRL (boys & Girls) since its inception.

Established and continues to host one of the most successful and sought after tournaments in the Midwest and Country as The Puma Cup hosts more than 680 teams annually over 2 weekends in April.

Established and hired a Full-time Professional Athletic Trainer. To continue to raise and set the bar for other Clubs to try and copy but not duplicate. The ONLY local Club to do so.

2009 Raptors  named as PUMA Premier ClubThe Rockford Raptors have received the designation as a Puma Premier Club. They join an elite group of clubs from across the nation: Sacramento United (Sacramento, Ca), Les Bois SC (Boise, ID), Southern California Blues (Costa Mesa, CA), Albion SC (San Diego, Ca), TSF Academy (Lincoln Park, NJ), Brooklyn Italians, (New York, NY), Charlotte United (Charlotte, NC) and Snohomish United (Snohomish, WA)

Passion, Dedication, Loyalty and Honor



Rockford Raptors FC